Monday, March 31, 2014

Happy Things


♥ Adore ♥

Smile and giggle.


Swoon! That's what these little measuring cups do for me. I found these on Pinterest, pinned them, and then went and ordered them for myself the next day! I didn't need them...just wanted. That's okay every now and then, yes? I got 'em at Touch of Europe through Amazon.com.

Ears and hair. 

A recipe that turns out great.


The recipe is in yesterday's post. It was fantastic. I was bad and added 1/2 stick of butter to the sauce, then chunked up the chicken a little and added a pound of ziti pasta to it. Serve with a little parmesan sprinkled on top of each bowl. So good! I had some cold later in the evening, and it was good that way too. Totally a keeper! You've gotta try this one.

Note:  You'll think you have too much sauce, but the pasta soaks it right up with little to spare. Perfect.

Two of my favorite things...crochet and NASCAR.

The new Nordic Shawl is coming right along.
A few more rows to go before the fancy part. 

♥ Grocery store flowers from the hubby ♥


You all make my life sweeter with your visits, comments, and posts. I hope you know that. Y'all come back now, ya hear? And don't be shy about leaving a little love for me in the comments, or even just a little like will do. I try to do the same.


Pammy Sue

Sunday, March 30, 2014

Deja Vu

This was all I accomplished on the crochet front this week.
I got sick of seeing the old one on the kitchen counter.
It's just all hdc with crab stitching around the top.

I was sick again...exactly the same thing as last weekend! It helped me figure out what caused it though, and that won't be happening anymore. I had started a new medication about 24 hours before I got sick the first time.  Of course, I stopped it after I started vomiting because I couldn't keep anything down anyway. I started it up again a couple of days after I started feeling better, and in less than 24 hours, I was down again. Today is the first day I'm feeling good enough to stay up and about. 

But guess what? My fat pants aren't as uncomfortable anymore! The bright side, people.

Anyway..I have started the new Nordic Shawl and am 27 rows in.

I'm trying a new chicken crock pot recipe.
Pesto-Ranch Chicken
I used 2 pkgs of chicken tenders. They're in the crock now.

The recipe is easy...boneless chicken breasts or thighs or tenders, 1 envelope of dry Ranch dressing mix, 1 small jar of pesto (I used basil pesto), and about 1/2 cup water.  Cook on low 5-6 hours. I'm going to serve mine mixed with Penne Pasta.

Put the lid on and go!

The recipe I screwed up in my last entry was Banana-Coconut Bread. I found the recipe on Pinterest and pinned it. If you see it, I'd recommend NOT using the whole recipe in one loaf pan, but I don't think it's enough for two full-size loaves. The original pinner said she used 4 mini-loaf pans. At the last minute, I found I didn't have any coconut so I used a cup of chocolate chips instead. I'm sure that wasn't the problem though.

I'm off to watch the race. Later.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Products & Stuff

A few of the things I use and love...
This is the kind of stuff I like to see from other people so I'm doing it.
I like the mundane details of what they do, eat, love, and loathe.
I'd like to be a fly on the wall in some people's homes, wouldn't you?
I'm voyeuristic. Is that a bad thing?

I love my hair-cutting scissors -- the regular and the texturizer ones.

I cut my own hair all the time. Do y'all remember the time I was cutting my hair and thought I had the texturizer scissors, but they were the regular ones instead? I cut a really super-short chunk out of my hair. I was horrified and then laughed out loud at how dumb I can be. I blogged it here somewhere.

Chantilly Perfumed Body Powder

My grandmother wore this. I've blogged it before. You can get it at Wal-Mart for about $15. Love. But I don't like the perfume...just the powder.

Butt Wipes.
LOL.
Particularly with recent events. Lifesavers.

Vidal Sassoon Hairspray & Velcro-Type Curlers

This is the hairspray I've been buying lately. It's not expensive, despite the name brand. I have to wear hairspray every day because my hair is so fine. Otherwise it would just lay plastered to my head, flat as a pancake. I use those curlers nearly every day, at least on my bangs and the top of my head where I need some lift. I put them in after I dry my hair. Put them in, spray with a shot of hairspray, hit it with the blow-dryer on high heat for a few seconds, and let it cool for a minute or two. Take them out, arrange my hair how I want it, and spray the shit out of it. Done.

I should be a beauty blogger, don't you think? LOL.

♥ Not Your Mother's Clean Freak Dry Shampoo! ♥

I can't live without it. Absolutely not. This I get at Target for less than $5. I haven't seen it anywhere else. It soaks up oil AND gives my hair good volume. It holds a curl better too. I like other brands that you can get at Ulta, but they are more expensive by several dollars per can.

Self-Explanatory

I use a lot of powder because I'm schwetty. I got the schwetty gene from my daddy. Thanks, Daddy! 

So ends the Products & Stuff section.
What are some of your favorite things?
Blog 'em! I wanna see!

Is she taking my picture? Is she done? I wish she'd stop paying attention to me so I could go steal stuff out of her room.

One more fun thing...

I love this funky owl I got at Hobby Lobby last year for $15.
He's about a foot tall and resides in my kitchen above the cabinets.


1.  GMaikell, I don't have your email. I'm not ignoring your questions. My floors are Pergo, not real wood. We got them put in right after we moved here about 9 years ago. As you can see, they hold up great to dogs and wear and tear. Love them. Cleaned with Mr. Clean in hot water with a mop. Vinegar and water doesn't work as well. If you put in too much Mr. Clean and don't rinse well, the floors will be slippery...just use a little.

2.  I'm messing around instead of working. I have lots of work.

3.  I'm starting to become attached to the Blue Buddha. Maybe because he/she stares at me all day right next to my desk. I think it really does have some mojo on it now.

4.  I still haven't hung the horseshoe. I don't even know where it is.

5.  We're not getting a big dog...at least not now. We just can't with five dogs already :(

6.  My fat pants are uncomfortable!

7.  You know how dogs scratch in the grass with their feet after they poop like they're trying to cover it up? Ollie has started doing that, but he doesn't do it right. He does it in very slow motion and stretches his back legs out behind him. It looks more like he's trying a gay ballet move. It's really stupid-looking! I wish I had it on video to show you. You would laugh. (And I love gays so don't even go there.)

8. Except Johnny Weir is getting on my nerves in the news lately. Just stop it.

9.  I don't think Obamacare is going to work, and it's screwing up my retirement plans.

10.  I don't care that Kim Kardashian is on the cover of Vogue. It's Kanye that's the problem. She really is one of the most beautiful women in the world and deserves to be on there for that reason regardless of what she does or doesn't do for a living. Kanye is just a freak, and scary, and a loose cannon, and I don't think he's a very good person. He's got a streak of evil and his money just makes it worse...or maybe it's the cause of it. Not sure. I'm just sure I don't like him AT ALL. I have a visceral reaction to him.

❀❀❀❀❀❀


Bye!

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

For Foodies Out There

I woke up feeling really good today!
Whatever it was is gone.
And I did some cookin'!

First, I made an Asian Broccoli Slaw...

Toasting the Ramen noodles and almond slivers...


I put it together and promptly forgot to photograph the finish slaw. DUH. Note:  Do not use the dressing pictured. It wasn't nearly as good as the homemade dressing called for in the recipe. Find the full recipe HERE. I didn't follow it exactly.  I used 1/2 bag of broccoli slaw and 1/2 bag of regular cabbage slaw with grated carrots. I toasted the Ramen noodles and almond slivers for 10 minutes at 350 degrees F.

Then I made something even better...Herbed Buttermilk Bread



Ready for the oven...

Oops, almost forgot the egg wash.

Perfect Bread!
No yeast, but it rose beautifully.

I mean PERFECT BREAD!
I didn't mean to yell.

So freakin' good!  You hear me?
I changed the recipe I found on Pinterest so here it is:

Herbed Buttermilk Bread

2 1/4 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons baking powder
1/2 teaspoon baking soda
1 teaspoon kosher salt
1 teaspoon black pepper, ground
1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
1 Tbsp dried parsley flakes
1 tablespoon fresh Rosemary, plus 1 teaspoon, chopped
1 cup sharp cheddar cheese, grated
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese (canned fine)
1 1/4 cups buttermilk
2 eggs
2 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
Pinch of kosher salt for sprinkling

Egg Wash:
1 egg yolk
1 teaspoon water

Preheat oven to 350°F. Spray a 9x5-inch loaf pan with nonstick cooking spray. Set aside.
In a large bowl, whisk together flour, baking powder, baking soda, salt, pepper and mustard. Add the parsley, 1 tablespoon chopped Rosemary and cheeses. Stir.
In a medium bowl, whisk together buttermilk, 2 whole eggs, and olive oil. Add wet ingredients to dry ingredients and stir just until combined and evenly moistened. Do not overmix. Scrape batter into prepared loaf pan.
In a small bowl, mix together egg yolk and 1 teaspoon water. Brush top of batter with egg wash. Sprinkle top of batter with remaining teaspoon of rosemary leaves and sprinkle with kosher salt.
Bake in preheated oven for 45-50 minutes or until a skewer inserted in center comes out clean. Cool in loaf pan 5 minutes then turn out onto a wire rack. Serve warm or room temperature.

Happy Dog = Blurry Tail

And then...

We had sliders for supper!
I just had one because I was full from the bread.
But they were good.

Oh, yes...I'm feeling better for sure.

Pammy Sue

Monday, March 24, 2014

Blue Buddha Say, Scrap It!

Ugh.
This hurts just because of the time I put into it already...

Really. Hate. It.
I've ripped out the colored part and started over with different colors once.

It didn't help.
I still don't love it.
It's the blue. I don't like the blue!

GAH.
It pains me to do it, but...

I must listen to the Blue Buddha.
(No relation to Blue Shawl)
Buddha say, "She who make ugly blue shawl must scrap it and start over."
 Buddha say, "Don't settle."
Buddha say, "Make yourself happy girl. Scrap it!"

DAMMIT!
It is done.
I've started over.

Thank you, Blue Buddha.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Out of Sorts

I lost all day yesterday and the first half of today sick with food poisoning. I can't imagine anything else would make a person so sick. I vomited and had the Big D starting at 5:00 am yesterday. At 8:00, I called the Captain at work and asked him to come home. I was so sick I couldn't do anything. I threw up and dry-heaved until 9:00 pm last night. I thought I was gonna die and was promising the Lord all kinds of things if he'd just take it away. How miserable!

I'm feeling better now. I guess I got it all out of my system, whatever it was. I still have a monster headache, but at least I don't feel like I'm gonna die.

Here's some things I had finished up before...




Sachet patterns by Anne Halliday taken from a couple of different Leisure Arts books.
If anyone needs to know exactly, I'll get the names of the pattern booklets.
#10 thread, bridal mesh sewn together and stuff with potpourri, and then the front and backs (which look exactly the same as the fronts) are woven together with a 1/8" ribbon. 
These were fun to make for something different. I like the heart one the best. I think I stuffed the round one too full of potpourri and you can't see a lot of the crochet lace detail on the sides. If I make more, I'll make the hearts.


This is another potholder. The front is made from Motif #88 in Beyond the Square Crochet Motifs by Edie Eckman. This picture came out kind of dull. In real life, the white is bright-white and the colors are vibrant...more like below...


The back pattern graph I got HERE. This is super-thick and plush. Love it. Made with an H hook and Sugar & Cream and Hobby Lobby's I Love This Cotton. The edging is a baby yarn, but I don't know the name because it had no wrapper. The edge is just chain 3, sc in next st, repeat around.

Gotta go. My head is spinning.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Who Is Guilty?

Hmm...Eli is a little bleary-eyed and won't make eye contact.

Oh, no way.  He's much too cute to be guilty of anything!

The girls are trying hard to look innocent. Hmm...

Fletcher?
Fletch?

Look at me, Fletch!
Why is your breath so minty-fresh??


My mint-flavored EOS lip balm was found in the backyard all chewed up and dirty. I know good and well exactly what happened. I know my dogs. Eli stole it from my bedside table, and then Fletch took it from Eli and happily chowed down in the grass. How many have been eaten by him now? Is it five or six? I never learn to put it where Eli (the compulsive thief of the bunch) can't get to it, and they never learn that it's a BAD DOG who eats Momma's lip balm. Those eggs look too much like a ball! Yes, that's it.

I never even knew it was missing until Fletch walked over and gave me a big minty kiss. I immediately knew.

Any bets on how long this next one will last?
(I have two spares in the drawer just in case. I love these things.)

We've had some beautiful sunsets lately.
This was the view out of my front window arch a couple of days ago.
I didn't enhance this picture at all.
It really was that pretty!



I worked a little more on a new potholder and crocheted a few more rows of color on my Nordic Shawl last night. I think I have the colors for it worked out now. I should have it done soon to show you. I have been looking and looking and printing and printing all kinds of crochet patterns lately. I need to STOP and finish a few I have started. It's a compulsion. I find it hard to control it. I need to buy more binders for them. I already have 8 of them bursting at the seams with printouts of patterns. I LOVE CROCHET PATTERNS! It's crazy!